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150 years ago: Was this railroad lock a relic of the Confederate raid on Hanover Junction?


This vintage lock is marked PRR, for the Pennsylvania Railroad. During the Civil War years and later, that company controlled and managed the Northern Central Railway which ran north-south through the center of York County.

On June 27, 1863, Confederate raiders from Virginia and Maryland drove Union militia away from Hanover Junction, Pa. Recently, a gentleman donated the lock shown above to the museum.

What is the reported significance of this old lock???

Springfield-20130615-00021UPDATE: This lock has been identified as a vintage 1915 Pennsylvania Railroad item, so it postdates the Civil War by 50 years.